“When injustice happens to one person, it matters to us all.”
So says the international human rights group, Amnesty International.* Thus people all over the world are urged to note the predicament of Willie Jerome Manning, whose two cases both feature in Amnesty International’s recent report about global death sentences and executions in 2015.
In a section about exonerations in the USA, the report refers to Willie’s exoneration in his 1993 case:
“On 12 February  the Mississippi Supreme Court granted a retrial to Willie Manning, after it ruled that the prosecution did not disclose key evidence that could have invalidated a witness’ testimony and proved his innocence. The prosecution dropped charges against him on 21 April.” (pp 23 – 24)
Willie’s unconnected 1992 case is also mentioned:
“Willie Manning came close to execution in 2013 in relation to another murder conviction, for which he remained on death row at the end of 2015. The 2013 stay of execution was granted after the US Department of Justice reviewed forensic evidence against him and found it flawed.” (p. 24)
As Willie waits for the results of DNA testing related to this second conviction, it is heartening to know that throughout the world Amnesty members and supporters know about Willie and are thinking of him. We trust they will not have long to wait before he is finally free.